Mary in Mark's Gospel
In Mark’s gospel, the references to Mary are: Mark 3:31-35, the family of Jesus visit him ,6:1-6, Jesus is rejected at Nazareth; Mary is not mentioned by name in this painful incident, but she was almost certainly there.
Mark places Mary in the epicenter of her family. One of his stories reflect on Mary’s visit when she visited Jesus when he was teaching across the country. Mark places Mary firmly at the centre of her family. One of his stories tell of a visit she and her family made to Jesus when he was preaching. ‘A crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you”.Mark 3:31-35
Mary is shown as the leader of the pack , and the matriarch of the family. Mary’s personality was confident , charisamiatic and compassionate. The members’ of Jesus’ family didn’t completely understand his position in the family. Mark showed that Jesus reset the limitations of family involvement. He displayed how Jesus was trying to get his teachings to more and more individuals. He accepted several individuals into his ‘family’ . Mark was indiciating that members of communities need to operate as tight knit families , and work with eachother instead of against. Women were clearly a part of the new version of famiy that Jesus proposed.
Mary in Luke's Gospel
Luke’s gospel contains stories not found in the other gospels. In Luke’s gospel, the references to Mary are: 1:26-38, the Annunciation, 1:39-56, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth,2:1-7, the birth of Mary’s son Jesus,2:21-38, Mary takes Jesus to the Temple,2:41-52, Mary and Joseph lose Jesus during a visit to Jerusalem,4:16-30, Jesus is rejected at Nazareth ,8:19-21, the family of Jesus visit him dur...
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Mary watched her child as Jesus traveled the country , and taught others about Christ. She had a sense of discernment that authorities and others were intimidating by his teachings. The Jewish authorities were in a difficult situation. They were trying to maintain a balance to the stable nature in their community , but saw Jesus as a threat. The situation grew worse overtime , and led the community to prosecute Jesus in the city of Jerusalem. He was taken into custory , presented a trial , and nailed to the cross.
Mary watched as they crucified and tortured her son. This isn’t how she imagined her son being treated. She nutured , fed , and educated this young man. The soliders took advantage of Jesus and humiliated him. Mary’s feelings as they did this to her son weren’t clearly revealed.
After the death of her son, she lived in the home of one of his friends.
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